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Board of Trustees President Nominee for AAMC & AAMC Foundation Announced

Thursday, October 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Judith Pineiro
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October 13, 2016 --The Nominating & Governance Committee of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation is pleased to announce that the nominee for President of the organizations is Dr. Christa Clarke, Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, at the Newark Museum.

“I am honored and excited to be nominated to lead the AAMC & AAMC Foundation, which I have been active in and committed to since its very inception,” noted Clarke.  “Our organizational strength as a standard bearer and professional resource for an ever-expanding curatorial network provides a strong foundation for future initiatives. As President, I will be devoted to building inclusion into our profession in every sense, working together with our membership, as well as with other organizations, to make an impact through dialogue and action.”

The committee met in September and selected Clarke as the nominee; her nomination will be ratified by the full membership at the May 2017 Annual Conference & Meeting.  After which, she will begin her two year term as President, becoming the first curator of African Art to lead the organizations.  Until May 2017, Clarke will continue to work closely with Judith Pineiro, Executive Director and Helen Evans, current President, as the AAMC & AAMC Foundation President elect and Co-leader of the Diversity Task Force.

Helen Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board of Trustees President, commented “I praise Christa's nomination, as it recognizes her long term commitment to the growth of our organizations and the support of curators of all types." 

Clarke served on the Committee on Professional Standards (2003-2007), was co-chair of the Membership Committee (2009-2011), and was on the Board of Trustees (2012-2016).  From 2013-2016, Clarke was Vice President of Programs, a role within the Board’s Executive Committee, and participated in the Strategic Planning process, which resulted in the formation of the Diversity Initiative Task Force, which she is co-Leading until May 2017.  She also organized and chaired the panel, “Curatorial Practice and the Educational Turn,” for the 2015 Annual Conference & Meeting, participated in the AAMC Affiliated session, “Mapping Cultural Authority: Revisionism, Provincialism, Marginalization,” at the 2012 College Art Association Annual Conference, and is organizing and moderating the November 10, In-Conversation event in Washington, D.C.

“It will be an honor and pleasure to work with Christa,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, “She is committed to the advancement of the curatorial profession, and I am confident she will further the forward momentum of the organizations begun by our last two Presidents, Helen C. Evans and Emily Ballew Neff.”

For more information on Clarke, including her Statement of Interest, Biography, and C.V./resume, please click here.

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